Motherless Brooklyn (2019) - Crime, Drama

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Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Edward Norton
Stars: Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Length: 144 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 28 out of 83 found boring (33.73%)

One-line Reviews (82)

There are so many unnecessary scenes that only dragged the pacing of the film and which didn't contribute to anything.

Wilhelm DaFoe playing his brother is a hammy crank while the rest of the cast looks dull, acts depressed.

His repetitive touching of people on the shoulder as he faced them ought to have caused women to back away and men to knock his block off.

Although I tried and tried, it was really hard to shake the suspicion that Ed Norton was reprising his role of Brian from The Score, a ho-hum heist movie from the early 2000s.

I fell asleep halfway and I'm glad I did, It was not worth my time

Liked the classic noir vibes of the movie.. storyline reminded me of 90's movie productions (it's set in the 50's though) so it was kinda predictable and at some points slow.

I appreciate the noir elements and the call back to NYC during the 50's but it gets boring and confusing after a while and you find yourself wanting a way out of Motherless Brooklyn.

Great acting but some of the plot lines are predictable.

However if the slow, moody old style detective genre is your thing you will love this.

Soooo boring.

During an intense scene with a bad guy, you don't see him doing that which makes you question the character a bit.

Entertaining and Relevant .

So boring .

Heartfelt drama mystery but has boring political scenes .

A tight and gripping movie .

Authentic Looking Slow Noir .

I'd recommend it with a large cup of coffee to stay awake and not to fall asleep watching it.

Stylistically great but predictable and too long .

So it could be smart but it also often suggests that we, the audience are slow along with the characters floating around, swinging a bat that is nowhere near in contact with the ball.

The movie was painfully boring with hardly any story line and 2hours 35 mins long that felt like 4 hours.

Unfortunately, as stylish and beautiful the film is, its most certainly hampered by its long running length and somewhat dull passages.

Tedious Exercise .

I wanted to leave half way through.

Yawn fest .

The story is somewhat confusing so you had better pay attention.

Good acting, confusing story and sketchy directing made this potential good film into a disaster.

As a photographer I thought the cinematography was stunning in color and composition, less film noir and more '50's style New York street Kodachrome photography with compositions of odd reflections and angles interspersed smoothly with the flow of the narrative master shots in a style similar to Winogrand and Vivian Maier.

I fell asleep thankfully 30 minutes in hoping I wouldn't be forced to waste any more of my life on this 144 minute bore fest- however, I woke up for the last 45 minutes and was still bored out of my mind and flabbergasted how good actors can be in such a obtuse film.

Slow paced, Long 2 hours 25 min and Average storyline .

Pointless .

I'm a big Edward Norton fan but this movie was a snoozer.

Too long and boring movie .

The movie is worth watching , and has got an engaging plot .

The whole ending to do with Paul and Moses is very confusing and I got lost along the way.

Creative, Suspenseful .

A bit lengthy for a crime drama/who done it because there will be slower portions of the film.

boring .

Norton's film seem far too long, his character's malady was honesty distracting and unfortunately most of the characters were remarkably familiar.

'Homeless Brooklyn' is highly entertaining, although a mishmash of themes that are loose threads of a sprawling story, albeit well told.

The only parts that seem complex or boring are the political scenes.

Has some good parts but it was pretty predictable and barely scratched the surface on any of the themes it was trying to convey.

Worth Watching .

I really enjoyed it.

And way, way too long.

Lionel's symptoms of Tourette's syndrome, repetitive verbalizations of a rhyming nature, were accepted equanimously by everyone he encountered.

It's actually impressive how well the atmosphere was built despite the bland script.

A Calm, Engaging Mystery .

Very simple and predictable self loving Edward Norton's film.

Randolph has a genius brother, Paul (Willem Dafoe), whom he keeps on a short leash and on the edge of hope.

It was great to see such a veteran cast of actors provide an entertaining story.

Instead of doing pointless exposition, the film could've given more development to the relationship between Norton's and Willis' character.

Robert Moses/Moses Randolph or whoever wears their snappy shoes would love it.

The biggest issue of the film is that it's way too long.

Too long and predictable .

the wildly talented Ed Norton, who delivered a gritty, suspenseful noir, a well-developed character portrayal, a thoughtful, deliberatively-paced adapted tough topic screen-play.

Norton was also able to cleverly execute a literary device, to quickly contrast the difficulty and constant un-predictability of being unfortunately plagued by Tourette's Syndrome, to the unpredictable and unexpected struggle and consequence of being an African American in today's society.

He even seems to sabotage his suspenseful moments by being repetitive in situations while his vintage autos convey an artificial look with their with showroom glow still in tact as they tool around Queens and Brooklyn.

His character was very likable and entertaining.

For instance, a few early scenes in the Minna Detective Agency office were confusing, and I found myself questioning how the agency made any money, had pleasantly nice offices, and everybody in the office seemed flush, not struggling.

I enjoyed it and recommend it .

If you're into these sort of slow paced, intriguing films, than Motherless Brooklyn is for you.

Really gripping .

While it can be difficult to follow at times, it's still quite a fantastic movie.

Sure some may find it boring, slow, presumptuous even.

Worst movie ever .

But it's certainly engaging.

really boring and slow with a lot of scenes that have absolutely nothing to do with the story.

Tough guys and clever women combined with secrets, empty clues, and false bunny trails can mesmerize me for hours.

Not much of a film noir, more of a boring political hit job.

Goofy snooze fest .

This film is definitely a must watch movie for those who appreciate a quirky yet intriguing story-line.

Screenwriter, Director, and Actor Edward Norton failed to make this an engaging crime thriller in the tradition of Roman Polanski's "Chinatown.

A very entertaining film and please don't be emo like me and cry after the opening scene.

Edward Norton's passion project is worth watching for anyone who an intelligent audience.


In other words, the movie runs far too long (2 1/2 hrs, maybe 40-45 min.

The storyline is boring as hell.

These and other logic questions kept popping up in my mind as the film wore on and took me away from engaging more with the story.

Some may critique it as being a slow burn, of a story that we have heard a thousand times already.

For me one of the most compelling scenes was between Lionel and Trumpet Man (Michael Kenneth Williams).

This is the worst movie you will ever see in the nature of movie making

The story is authentic looking with a nice noir style to it and everyone does a good acting job but it's a little slow in parts.